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L'étrange désir de Monsieur Bard (1954)

A terminally ill Mr. Bard, a casino bus driver forced to quit his job, miraculously wins a fortune playing roulette. Instantly becoming a millionaire, he wants to fulfill his life's dream: ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Auguste Bard
Yves Deniaud ...
Georgette Anys ...
Julie, l'épicière
Monsieur Chanteau
Le docteur nerveux
Le curé
Henri Arius ...
Le commissaire
Maurice Bénard ...
Le directeur du casino
Lucien Callamand ...
Le notaire
Yvonne Claudie ...
Jean Clément
Claudio Ermelli ...
Le détective italien (as Claude Ermelli)
Jacques Erwin ...
L'huissier du casino
Michel Gerbier ...
Le petit garçon (as Le petit Michel Gerbier)


A terminally ill Mr. Bard, a casino bus driver forced to quit his job, miraculously wins a fortune playing roulette. Instantly becoming a millionaire, he wants to fulfill his life's dream: to become a father. This plan is opposed by his greedy relatives who would go any low to take this money away from him. They are being led by a small-time crook. Mr. Bard's natural shyness and good heart lead him to the journey of self-exploration and finding his true love. Written by Eugene P

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Release Date:

4 January 1954 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der seltsame Wunsch des Herrn Bard  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Music by Henri Crolla
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20 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

This Cri de Coeur was present in many a Michel Simon movie,often his best ones:Duvivier's "La Fin du Jour" and "Panique" ,Carné's "Quai des Brumes".

Hungarish Radvanyi was no match for these giants of the French cinema.But he displayed originality and anyway Simon is so great an actor he can overcome the worst directing.

The film begins with a prologue using "Sur le Pont d'Avignon" an old French folk song as a metaphor of life.There are many childlike songs in the movie anyway ("Nous N'Irons PLus Au Bois" "Il Etait Un Petit Navire"and more).Simon portrays an ugly man whose days are numbered cause his heart is not in good shape.His family is hateful and he wants somebody to love.He wants a child and he needs -a subject that was risqué for the time- some kind of surrogate mother.

The plot is often meandering and the fable is somewhat ponderous,with hackneyed symbolism (the clock)but when you've got Michel Simon ,you do not need anything else to enjoy a movie.

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